Greed is an excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions (dictionary.com). This word perfectly describes Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge in the movie and play of A Christmas Carol, originally written by Charles Dickens. This play and movie is a favorite among many people because of its lesson about greed. They both illustrate the message that money, possessions, and things like that, they aren’t everything. In both, Mr. Scrooge is an old miser who hates Christmas and cares very deeply about his money.
Dynamic characters are known as characters that change throughout a story. In the Christmas Carol, the main character Ebenezer Scrooge is a dynamic character. He goes from a heartless, selfish and greedy person to a generous and happy person. At first, Scrooge was characterized as a sinful and heartless person. For example, in Stave One it says, “But he was a tight-fited hand at the grindstone.
In Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is molded into an exceptional person by three spirits of Christmas. Though they all contributed to Scrooge’s change of heart, the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come influenced him the most. This ghost, though he couldn’t speak, led Scrooge down a brighter path by forcing him to witness a few depressing events. The aftermath of adorable Tiny Tim’s demise, Scrooge’s own deathbed and grave, and the fact that no one could’ve cared less that he was gone. Firstly, Scrooge was impacted by the death of poor Tiny Tim Cratchit.
In the movie,The Christmas Carol, Scrooge visited his living during past , present , and future. Many people tried to make him less harsh and more vigorous. Scrooge was very cold-hearted with innocent people. The reason Scrooge did not like Christmas was because his partner died on Christmas Eve. People tried to persuade him to start liking Christmas.
By empowering Scrooge to change his future, appealing to Scrooge 's greatest fears, and establishing himself as an all knowing judge, the Ghost of Christmas changed the very character of the man named Ebenezer Scrooge. These powerful influences were used masterfully by both the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Charles Dickins himself, creating a moving and tragic vision of Scrooge 's future which left him with only one possible course of action. To change himself for the better, and to appreciate and cherish his fellow man as something sacred, not something to be
Apart from this is the antagonist, the Grinch, who dreads the holiday along with the singing, feasting, and other festive activities that the holiday inspires. As an outsider of the society, the Grinch doesn’t understand the celebration and resents it as a result, and it quite peeved by the inescapable uproar that it brings. Christmas
As is customary, this occurs at the end when the Grinch renounces his evil ways, returns all the supplies to the Whos’, and partakes in their Christmas celebrations. This story line spans many different story types but is found in examples such as Harry Potter, (not the Grimms’ brothers) Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and Rapunzel. Lastly there are a few symbolic archetypes, the most important being the symbol of light. When the Grinch decides to return all the presents, the morning is described as being “bright and light”, which symbolizes hope and renewal. The symbol of light is featured in many other literary works such as “The Great Gatsby” (the green light, Jay’s infinite hope), Frankenstein (the discovery of new sciences, the creation of a being), and Macbeth (Malcolm the heir being the last hope to save Scotland from tyranny).
With Scrooge's attitude and nature, he was extremely selfish, miserly, and callous at the start of the novel. However, the spirits are able to change him into a better man, or more like convince him to become better himself. The way that they did this is that they showed him various scenes of Christmas, but sometimes said or showed him things that were a result of his former nature, such as when the Ghost of Christmas says ‘“[...]If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”’(p.53) to remind Scrooge of how earlier he had dismissed the businessmen collecting donations despite his current wish for Tiny Tim to live. In particular, one moment that could be said to be 'cruel' is when the Ghost of Christmas Future points to the grave as a gesture for him.
Dickens shows us the contrast of the extreme wealth and extreme poor when the ghost of Christmas present flies Scrooge over London, creating a panoramic over view of all the lives of different people being lived, some celebrating the occasion with all life can offer and others with nothing. The ghost of Christmas present also shows us Fezziwig, Scrooge’s employer as an apprentice, he is a foil for Scrooge. He showed compassion for others, and did not put himself on a pedestal because of his class. This is shown when he has a Christmas party and invites even the most vulnerable in society. It was charity like
“Change your thoughts, and you change your world” was once said by Norman Vincent Peale, an American minister who focused towards ‘positive thinking’. The quote itself says that if you make certain decisions, then everything around you could change. This is significant to Ebenezer Scrooge in the play, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, in the beginning, Scrooge was an elderly, rude, and greedy man with a love for large amounts of money who cares about nothing but himself. For example, a kind gentleman asks Scrooge to donate money and help the poor.
Scrooge in "The Christmas Carol" shows how much he hates Christmas, and everyone he works with to change to a happy person with the help of others. Scrooge emphasizes, "What a fine day fellow... An Intelligent boy, a remarkable boy." This is a critical part of this novel because this shows Scrooge overcame his dislike of Christmas and his entire disliking of people. Instead of rudely gesturing to people, he is now starting to act nicer, and more mature. Scrooge exclaims, " Come back with the butcher and I 'll give you a shilling.
While the movie shows them dating. The problem with showing the viewer that Chris is this wonderful person all the time is that it’s fake. Showing the character’s his faults makes him more relatable. On top of that Chris is very intriguing on his outlooks of the life he lives adding a sort of mysterious enigma to his character. “Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideals; other fulminated that he was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist who perished out of arrogance and stupidity—and was undeserving of the considerable media attention he received” (Krakauer – Author’s Note).
Compared to the drama, the movie The Christmas Carol has many similarities, and has brought the story to life although there are a few differences. In the drama, The Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is a grumpy, old man who has no liking for Christmas or any of the things that come with it. “It’s less of a time of year for being merry, and more of a time for being loony . . .